Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Query donated the makings for a delicious Zolo-style repast with all the trimmings, and the wait staff volunteered its time. There was no charge for the meal for the clients and their families, and no tips were necessary. Query said that he just likes to make the day a little easier for families associated with Imagine!.
This is the seventh year Query has offered this generous opportunity, and in the last six years, The Big Red F Restaurant Group has donated Thanksgiving dinner to over 2,500 Imagine! clients and families.
So here’s a post-Thanksgiving thanks to Dave and his staff for providing such a fantastic holiday meal to Imagine! families.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
One way we do this is by sharing stories with members of the local media. A couple of examples are below.
You may be aware that some students in a CORE/Labor Source journalism class have been having articles they have written appear in the Times Call. The one linked below, which ran in the paper on November 14, is especially thoughtful, as one of the people we serve discusses what it is like to live with a disability.
Check it out.
And a very nice story appeared in the November 20 edition of the Longmont Times Call about a group of special visitors to the Charles Family SmartHome in Longmont.
Have a look.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
To see more of what the CORE-Longmont Reviewers have written, click here.
Living With Disability: The Way I See It
By Mike Williams of the CORE-Longmont Reviewers
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Mike Williams, and I am one of the CORE-Longmont Reviewers. The topic of my article is how society views the disabled community.
You know, folks, sometimes society makes me sick with the way they view us: the disabled community. Everywhere I go, there is always someone giving a disabled person a hard time by giving them a dirty look, cracking a joke about that person or just talking about them behind their back.
Folks, I don’t know you, nor do you know me, but allow me to tell you a little about myself: I am 25 years old, and I was born with autism. I can’t even begin to tell you how badly it hurt me with the way society treated me.
Thankfully, Colorado has an agency dedicated to helping those with disabilities. It is called Imagine!, a nonprofit organization based in Lafayette. I have been a client for seven years.
Not only does Imagine! help those with disabilities, but it also has helped thousands of clients to learn to live on their own. Sadly, some of their clients may never know what independent living is like due to their disabilities. Luckily, Imagine! has homes for them, be it a group home or with care providers. Imagine! also helps its clients find gainful employment through Labor Source, which teaches individuals work-related skills by working on a work crew.
Imagine! has many day programs, so the client isn’t always sitting around being bored. One of the day programs is called CORE: Community, Opportunity, Relationship, Education. There are two of these day programs. One is in Boulder and the other in Longmont. CORE offers many different classes, such as music, cooking, hiking, swimming, and (my personal favorite) photography.
If you have any questions about Imagine! or its services, visit http://www.imaginecolorado.org/.
Until next time, your friend Mike Williams.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Donna read a story about all the great things that have happened to her in the past year or so, including moving into the Charles SmartHome in Boulder and getting married.
Bobbi with one of her art pieces.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
In all, more than $500 was raised for Imagine!’s programs and services!
Thanks to Eric Wallace, an Imagine! Foundation board member and president of Left Hand Brewing Company, and Foundation board member Forrest Fleming, owner of Instant Imprints, for organizing the event.
Extra special thanks to all who showed up to support people with developmental disabilities.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Broomfield United Methodist Church made this video below and showed it at their services on October 3rd. The video includes comments by Carl, the church’s custodian who receives support services from Imagine!, and his brother Scott, regarding the partnership between Broomfield United Methodist Church and Imagine!.
Thanks to the good folks at Broomfield United Methodist Church for their support of Imagine!, but more importantly, their support of Carl.